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2018 Annual Report

2018 Annual Report

With environmental protections being rolled back at the federal level, now more than ever it’s clear that lasting change needs to come from the ground up. Combining research, education, advocacy, and project coordination, CLP supports community and municipal engagement in energy decision-making, transforming energy policy and practice to strengthen local economies, mitigate climate change and increase resilience. Given the increasing pace of global warming, 2018 was a busy year for us.

Summer 2018 Newsletter

Finally, summer! The last months have been a tough slog, but we have good news to report on several fronts: a victory in the Central Hudson rate case, movement on Community Choice Aggregation (CCA), and a breakthrough in storage regulation. New threats include a planned “grid support project” that isn’t all it is cracked up to be, and needs to be opposed – indeed is being opposed by a strong coalition of Town of Ulster residents and environmental/energy activists.
 
Read the full newsletter here.

Contents:

  • Central Hudson Rate Case Victory Lowers Fixed Rates
  • Lincoln Park Grid Support Center Project
  • Ulster Green Business Challenge Lifts Off on June 27
  • Storage breakthrough on Federal and State Rules (could be a game-changer)
  • CCA (Working Group report, next steps to influence policy changes)

Storage breakthrough on Federal and State Rules (could be a game-changer)

Earlier this year the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) earned our praise for two decisions. To the surprise of many observers, it firmly declined to implement an order from Energy Secretary Rick Perry to subsidize coal and nuclear generation (supposedly for ‘resilience,” but in reality to help a few large corporations), and it also ordered all states to adopt rules that allow storage to compete fairly with other energy services. 

Central Hudson Rate Case Victory Lowers Fixed Rates

Every few years, each utility has to ask the Public Service Commission (PSC) to approve a rate increase. The hand-in-glove nature of relations between the PSC and the utilities – private, shareholder-owned companies operating as regulated monopolies – often means that the utilities get pretty much what they want. But when CLP and other grass-roots and environmental organizations get into the act, we can make things happen.